From John Ellis Freeny
Politics and political campaigns were important to Caddo and Bryan County. Campaigns and elections were conducted every two years when terms for elected county officials expired. Bryan County was in that area known as “Little Dixie”. A majority of the voters were labeled “Yellow Dog Democrats”, meaning that they would vote for a dirty yellow dog before they would vote for a Republican. Some politicians would use any scheme to get elected.
One scheme used during that time (forties) to win elections was known as “Voting the Graveyard” or “Voting the Tombstones”. Six weeks before the election two political hacks were in the graveyard one night. One was reading and interpreting the names on the tombstones while the second man wrote the name down and made a list. Following this project they would get an absentee ballot for each one and vote every dead person in the cemetery for their favored candidate. In recording the names from the tombstones, one stone was cracked and the name was hard to decipher. The reader suggested they pass it by. The recorder said, “Hell no, he is just as entitled to his vote as the rest of them are.”